Mignon Clyburn steps down from FCC

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn at a net neutrality rally in 2017. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Long-time Democratic FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced Tuesday that she will be leaving after more than eight years at the agency.

Why it matters: Clyburn, an Obama nominee, was a consistent advocate for low-income, minority and other marginalized communities. She was a strong supporter of net neutrality, media ownership reform and lowering prison phone rates. Clyburn often clashed with current chairman Ajit Pai over policy decisions.